• Organization

  • Board of Trustees 

    The Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the governance of our charity and ensures that we are acting in the best interests of researchers, teachers, and practitioners working within any and all subfields of creative thinking and education.


    They set the strategy, policy and financial framework for our charity and have overall direction and control. They also have responsibility for ensuring our charity complies with the law and the safeguarding of our charity’s assets, including its money, property and reputation.


    The Board is currently composed of three trustees. If you would like to contact our trustees, please email info@gioct.org.

    Frankie Lowe



    Frankie Lowe is an educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and vegetarian guru. In 2003, she established the first cultural centre in Shanghai - The Chinatown Culture Centre - and has been promoting intercultural education in different parts of the world since then. In recent years, she has dedicated much of her life to the promotion of sustainability whilst also leading creative education and community-building initiatives.


    Frankie's academic background is broad, graduating from East China Normal University with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature, and later pursuing the Diplomatic Studies course at the University of Oxford. Alongside Frankie's passion for education, she has been a vegetarian for the past 20 years and founded the WGT Vegetarian Alliance in 2004, which later expanded into the Sino-British Vegetarian Society Association in 2018. The organisation aims to encourage people to adopt environmentally-friendly practices and a sustainable vegetarian lifestyle. Simultaneously in 2018, Frankie co-founded the Global Institute of Creative Thinking to promote creative thinking and education among teachers as well as young people.


    Frankie holds several positions, the Director of International Development at Pate's Grammar School; Member of NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York; Facilitator of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week; and, the Chair of the Parents League of Chinese Students In The UK Association.


    Professor Antonios Tsourdos


    Antonios Tsourdos is Director of Research, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing and member of the University Executive at Cranfield University. He is an academic who has contributed to the autonomous systems and control field for over 25 years. He completed his PhD in Nonlinear Robust Autopilot Design and Analysis at Cranfield University in 1999 and has been a member of the faculty since then. He started as a lecturer and was later appointed Head of the Autonomous Systems Group in 2007. In 2009, he was awarded the title of Professor of Autonomous Systems and Control and now heads the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems.


    With his achievements in research and expertise in the field, in September 2015, Antonios was appointed the Director of Research for the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. Additionally, Antonios is the Proceedings of the Editorial Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering; International Journal of Systems Science; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and Aerospace Science and Technology.


    Moreover, Antonios is actively involved in the global academic community, serving as the vice-chair of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee on Aerospace Control. He is also a member of the IFAC Technical Committees on Networked Systems, Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems, and Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles.


    Edrys Barkham


    Edrys Barkham is an educator and leader with diverse talents who has devoted her life to education while maintaining a keen interest in biology and archaeology. She has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Oxford and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge.


    Edrys' journey at Bryanston School started in 1984 when she joined as a one-year academic resident in Greenleaves. After completing a PGCE at Cambridge, she worked in the state sector before returning to Bryanston in 1991 as the Housemistress of Hunter House, where she spent 13 years looking after the pastoral welfare of many generations of 'Hunter girls'. This period is considered one of her highlights at Bryanston.


    During her time at Bryanston, Edrys has held several leadership positions, including Head of Biology during the building of the Sanger Science Centre. Later, she became the Senior Mistress, then the Director of Admissions and helped to develop a more international intake into the school to prepare pupils for the global nature of the world they will enter at university and in their careers. Her dedication to the students at Bryanston has made her a beloved member of the school community and beyond.

  • Advisory Committee

    GIoCT runs an Advisory Committee that advises the organisation on key academic interests and project operations, supported by the secretariat. The current composition is as follows. Such framework is supervsied by the Board of Trustees, where the functions of direction, management, execution and representation of the GIoCT are decided.

  • Professor Bill Lucas



    Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning, University of Winchester
    Co-Chair of PISA 2022 Creative Thinking Test

    Professor Michael Anderson



    Professor of Creativity and Arts Education

    University of Sydney

    Co-Founder and Academic Leader,

    4C Transformative Learning

    Professor Pamela Burnard


    Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations

    University of Cambridge

    Professor Ronald Beghetto


    Professor of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education & Director of the Innovation House

    University of Connecticut

    Professor Laura McBain


    Co-Interim Managing Director at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and Co-Director of K12 Lab

    Stanford University